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Gilded Age Showpieces: Herter Brothers Furniture in April 7th European Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction

 

Photograph of Victoria Mansion parlor, 1895. Collection, Victoria Mansion.

On a recent snow-globe March day in Portland, Maine, I was delighted to have Curator Arlene Palmer Schwind take me through the Morse-Libby owned Victoria Mansion, designed with handsome Herter Brothers furniture and decorative arts collections. The whole tour experience was happily teetering on the realm of gustatory – a confectionary concoction of forms, finishes, and textures that you could almost taste.… Read More

Federal Furniture: A Lady's Secretary and Bookcase Attributed to Thomas Seymour

Essay by Robert D. Mussey, Jr., Milton, Massachusetts

Federal Mahogany Carved and Inlaid Lady’s Secretary-bookcase to be offered in the October 27, 2013 American Furniture & Decorative Arts auction (Lot 186, Estimate $100,000-$150,000)

The lady’s secretary and bookcase was a cultural badge signifying a Boston lady of refinement and education during the Federal period. Mary Cleveland (Smith) Bryant (1784-1860) was such a lady.… Read More